20 hour wait at Belfast hospital emergency department

By Gillian Crotty

It has been reported that 112 people were waiting in the emergency department at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast today, with at least 5 people having waited nearly 20 hours.

A major incident was not declared at the Belfast hospital but a statement has said that the accident and emergency department was "busier than normal". By nearly 10pm the number waiting was said to have dropped to 90 with 15 still waiting to be admitted. Hospitals in Northern Ireland are regularly finding themselves at full capacity on a Monday, and some will argue that the hospital should be doing more to put a permanent solution in place to cope with the post-weekend rush of patients.

The trust will be particularly concerned that 5 people waited for nearly 20 hours - the Department of Health targets say every patient should be seen within 12 hours. In February of this year the medical director of the Belfast Health Trust confirmed that delays in treatment had contributed to at least five deaths at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

If you have suffered injury or loss as a result of medical negligence, misdiagnosis, or a delay in treatment at a Northern Ireland hospital, contact one of the clinical negligence solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast to discuss your compensation claim options by calling 0800 840 9289.